Daniels appoints new social services chief

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and appointed the agency’s chief of staff, Michael Gargano, to replace her.

Murphy is leaving to become Community Health Network’s vice president of government relations, a position she accepted after the State Ethics Commission gave her the go ahead.

By a 3-0 vote, the commission said Oct. 14 that Murphy was free to take the job that her attorney said wouldn’t involve any lobbying. That means a statutory one-year waiting period won’t apply.

Murphy asked the commission for a formal opinion on Oct. 4, because she’ll be helping the hospital network cope with the federal health care overhaul she opposed as a public official.

Murphy joined FSSA in 2005 and became secretary in December 2008.

Gargano joined FSSA as its chief of staff in 2009 and previously was a director at the Indianapolis office of New York-based KPMG LLP.

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